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An Everyday Hero Saves Hundreds of LivesSubmitted: 04/09/2013
Story By Kailey Burton

An Everyday Hero Saves Hundreds of Lives
ANTIGO - This week the North Central Chapter of the Red Cross will honor local heroes. We're highlighting one who doesn't consider himself a hero at all.

Since 1952 Godfrey Gabriel has donated blood like clock-work. The first time he had some extra incentive.

"I was in boot camp out in New Jersey, and they said anybody who gives a pint of blood, can have a weekend pass in Atlantic City," said Gabriel with a smile.

He also says the free lunches are a big motivator, but that's not the whole story.

He estimates the 128 pints of blood he's donated over the years could have helped around 500 hundred people.

"[You] contribute to people you don't even know, and it costs you nothing. So it's been very, satisfying I think is the right word. And I would recommend it to anybody," said Gabriel.

Now at 83 years old, medication stops Gabriel from donating any more, but a healthy donor can give blood 6 times per year. Each liter of blood can help up to 3 people.

On Thursday at the Real Heroes Banquet, the Red Cross will honor Gabriel for the nearly 16 gallons of blood he's donated.


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